WARREN, OH (WKBN) – Warren Police are investigating a report of a juvenile having sex with an animal, a case which will fall under the city’s new bestiality law.
The police department was contacted by Trumbull County Children Services to investigate the incident, which Children Services said happened earlier this month on Homewood Avenue. No other information on the juvenile or the animal involved was released.
Warren became the first Ohio city to make bestiality illegal after the case of a Warren man, Salvador Rendon, who investigators say had sex with two dogs multiple times for six years. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 60 of which were suspended in April.
The new legislation allows a judge to order the removal of the animals from the person suspected of abuse until the end of an investigation or trial. The crime is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Jason Cooke, who was instrumental in the law’s passage, said more needs to be done at the state level. He said Senate Bill 195, which would make bestiality a second-degree misdemeanor, remains stalled in committee. If not passed by December 31, the bill would have to be reintroduced.
“It’s a shame that people at the local level have to take the initiative to get laws in place when there’s already a bill,” he said of the Warren legislation.